Lavrov Goes Public: Why Was CIA Head Brennan in Kiev?
April 14, 2014 • 4:30PM

As the CIA and the Obama administration tried to stonewall about the explosive reports that CIA director John Brennan had been in Kiev over the weekend to advise "Victoria's Secret Government" there to take military action against opposition forces in the east of the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blew the affair wide open by telling reporters today:

"We would like to understand what reports about the CIA Director Mr. Brennan's urgent trip to Kiev could mean. We have not received any reasonable explanation so far."

That formulation strongly suggests that Russia has asked the U.S. government for an explanation, but has not received a satisfactory response.

In addition to Russian media accounts of Brennan's provocative mission, deposed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, speaking to the press in Rostov-on-Don yesterday, charged that Brennan had indeed met with Ukraine's new leadership and "in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed," and that with this "Ukraine made the first step toward civil war," Russia-24 TV reported.

Lavrov today stated:

"The decision to apply military force is an extremely dangerous development. Those who encourage such actions in Kiev should be held responsible to the full extent."

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement issued yesterday stridently denounced the announcement by illegitimate Ukrainian president Turchinov that "large-scale anti-terrorist operations" would be undertaken if the protestors did not abandon the buildings they had seized, as a "criminal order," adding that:

"It is the West that now has the ability to prevent the civil war in Ukraine... The Western sponsors of Maidan... must reign in their unruly charges, force them to cut all ties with neo-Nazi and other extremist groups. cease using armed forces against the Ukrainian people"

The Russian statement denounced Kiev for threatening violence "against anyone who does not agree with the nationalist-radicals, chauvinistic and anti-Semitic actions" in Kiev that are being carried out "with direct support from the United States and Europe."

Forced to comment publicly, all that CIA spokesman Dean Boyd could muster was that the agency does not comment on Brennan's travel itinerary, but that "the claim that director Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations inside Ukraine is completely false."